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jaymemaurice 04-26-2010 09:35 PM

Yet Another Rain Sensor + Electrochromatic Mirror Retrofit (done cleanly as possible)
 
(Still writing, come back tommorow)

I couldn't find a good E46 specific DIY for the rain light sensor and auto-dim mirror... so after doing this I figured I could document as best I can and start a thread to describe how mine worked out.

Here I will manage and put all the info I can find and try answer all your questions I can...

All the information here is provided AS IS with no guarentee of any validity.
DISCLAIMER (as said by mvrk10256): you fvck up its not on me.
DISCLAIMER #2 (as ammended by me): I fvck up, still not on me.

About me:
I am just a young kid who likes to tinker with stuff... I have no fear of breaking this car because in the back of my mind, I think that one day the bank will repo it. Families cost more then I thought lol. I come to these forums to help me maintain my care and I give back by contributing. If you like the information you see here and have some extra cash, feel free to donate some to me and I'll do more of this kind of thing.

Materials required:
1 1xRLS (the little black box under the mirror)
2 1xRLS wiring harness taken from donor car with electrochromatic mirror/RLS... see below
3 1xElectrochromatic (auto-dim) rear view mirror or compass mirror
4 1xClear sealant silicon
5 Acetone and Rubbing alcohol
6 Tape
7 Original connectors for fuse and junction boxes or Wire tap splicers and Ghettoness
8 LCM with RLS function

Obtaining parts/Why:
1: I obtained my RLS from a wrecked donor car. The windshield was already smashed, so I had my friend heat the windshield with a blow torch while I twisted it back and forth (still completely assembled as a complete box). I got it off, but he got a little too carried away with the heat and made a pretty dramtic mess of the windshield. Don't try this on a good windshield. I removed the sticky pad that held it on and cleaned with acetone/rubbing alcohol.

2: I obtained my RLS harness from the wrecked donor car above. I removed the headliner and dash of the donor car (my headliner replacement DIY here) and took as much of the wiring for the RLS and Mirror and air-bag as I could. I got about 1.5m of it, about a foot and 1/2 after it joins into the main harness. I simply removed the air bag wires from the harness.

3: I found my compass mirror on kijiji for $80CAD, but I have seen them on ebay too. Seems they are samilar between the Landrover and the BMW X3 X5 5 and 7... but I dont know for sure where mine was from.

4: To glue my RLS on I used clear silicon sealant. Applied librally and carefully stuck it on to avoid bubbles.

5: Acetone and rubbing alcohol to clean RLS and glass surface before applying silicon.

6: I used painters tape to hold the RLS on while the silicon dried.

7: Wire taps

Installation:
1 Prep RLS harness
2 Remove parts
3 Fish RLS harness
4 Splice harness into respective places

1 Prep RLS Harness
Before I started the installation, I removed the extra wires for the air-bag. To do this I simply pulled the connector and wires out of the harness. I didn't want to accidentally splice into the air bags.

Then: I went through the schematics and pre-labled each wire on the harness.

Here is what I labled my wires:
Green with white stripe: Fuse 24
Red with black stripe: Fuse 67
2x Brown with black stripe: Ground
Grey with black strip & yellow marks: X254(26 pin, black connector on GM)#23
Blue yellow black: X428
red/white stripe with yellow marks: K-BUS
brown/green: X253(50 pin connecto on GM)#45
violet/white stipe: Fuse 15

Finally I removed any anchoring connectors used to secure the harness in its origional position down the drivers side of the donor car:

When everything was done I was left with this prepped harness:
http://images.jayme.ca/e46ret1.jpg

2 Remove parts
Passenger A piller trim, passenger visor and center mirror, and drop head-liner(both mirror clips, center lights/sunroof switch panel) as well as passenger dash trim, vent and glove box.

Basically the goal here is to drop the headliner side enough to tuck the extra wire in, then run it down the passenger side A piller and make it clear to fish into the GM area.
Remove the screws marked in red (you probably don't need to do the driver's mirror, but its shown anyway):
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC1.jpg
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC2.jpg

Carefully pull up the trim covering the screws that hold the A piller. Drivers side shown, but you should be doing the passengers!
Gently pull up and roll from the back to front
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC3.jpg

Remove the screws marked in red. Drivers side shown, but you should be doing the passengers!
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC4.jpg

Pull the a-pillar from the top
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC5.jpg

Remove the screw marked in red.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC6.jpg

Pry gently under the trim with a wide screw driver covered in tape. Careful not to mark anything
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC7.jpg

Remove the vent with by removing the two marked philips screws
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC8.jpg

Dislocate the glovebox by removing the six screws shown and guntly lifting and pulling. Set it on the floor directly below
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC9.jpg

Once the glove box is dropped as like noted by the yellow arrows you should be seeing basically what is in the photo below.
Note the location of the General Module (green) this is what has X253 and x254. Expose the fuse panel by turning the white tabs marked by the red in my photos.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC10.jpg


3. Fishing the RLS harness
To make this retrofit easy, I wanted to come down the passenger side... it is important when fishing the harness to make sure it runs behind the air bag, or if the air bag deployed it may take the RLS with it or turn the harness into a whip.

In the pictures below I have hi-lighted my fishing job in green.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC11.jpg
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC12.jpg
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC13.jpg


4. Splicing harness
I started by splicing the connections in the junction box above the fuses. Push it away from you to remove it.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC14.jpg

Here you can find 4 or the 9 wire locations to splice into.
2x Brown with black stripe: Ground
Blue yellow black: X428
red/white stripe with yellow marks: K-BUS
Simply match the colors.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC15.jpg

Next, I did the fuses... because I do not have the actual fuse contacts, for now I have just run the wire in throgh the back. I actually ran the fuse 67 through 68 which is empty. You can see in the picture I am using the grey wire as a pull string to fish in F68. I will re-visit this later when I have the parts.
So this is:
Green with white stripe: Fuse 24
Red with black stripe: Fuse 67
violet/white stipe: Fuse 15
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC16.jpg


Currently everything is running off fuse 24 which I have added in and pinched the wires against. This means everything is now switched on the ignition. The important part is that everything is fused, and everything is switched.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC18.jpg

Before splicing the remaining wires, I wanted to test my ground and power splices, so I put the key in to check the compass mirror
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC19.jpg

BEFORE DOING THIS NEXT PART, I RECOMMEND DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY!!!

Disconnect the GM and splice in the last two wires!
Grey with black strip & yellow marks: X254(26 pin, black connector on GM)#23
brown/green: X253(50 pin connecto on GM)#45
X253 is the connector in the middle. I matched pin 45's wire up by colour
X254, the connector on the right of the photo was less dense and I matched pin 23 by colour and on the connector.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC20.jpg



Programming:
Not done yet... will update this when complete

0-60motorsports 05-14-2010 04:37 AM

Thanks for the DIY. I would like this but it seems like too much of a hassle.

jaymemaurice 05-14-2010 10:32 AM

Thanks, yes... I do not recommend anyone do this unless they enjoy doing this kind of thing.
The final pay out is low and the hours spent on it can be pretty high... the wiring has been the easy part...

I also swapped out my interior at the same time, see: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...871&highlight=
Went from the light grey to the charcoal and got rid of the cigarette smell... that was a rewarding mod.

Dropping the car a couple inches or stiffening it up may be even more rewarding... but this was cheap.

howie1971 06-19-2010 03:21 AM

Thanks for taking the time for the right up, an excellent job. I would like to do this but the wiring is just baffling. Good job.

TerraPhantm 07-08-2010 08:53 PM

Hey, do you have pics of how the sensor looks on a windshield not meant for the sensor? Interested in doing this retrofit. I can do any programming that might be necessary

Bandersnatch 07-12-2010 10:34 PM

Here's a link to an older thread on another forum where the rain sensor was installed on a non-rain sensor windshield. There are pretty good pictures of the install.

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/474842

The only difference between the rain sensor windshield and the non-rs windshield is the "frit", the black area that shades part of the windshield within the rain sensor cover. This guy just masked off and painted an area of his windshield with black epoxy paint. I think his car was a 7 series, but the pictures are illustrative.

BEK 08-10-2010 01:47 PM

What happened to the pictures ?

I'm getting a new windshield one of these days, and want to do this as well...

jaymemaurice 12-21-2010 10:04 PM

Oh sorry guys, still in DXB. Forgot the pictures were linked in here. I still have them, but they are all on a hard drive in storage in Canada :(

I will put them back up when I get back, but I am not sure how long that will be. Maybe when I get back I'll be able to put classic plates on it haha.

theinfamousdrew 12-22-2010 06:47 AM

question about the wiring....

my rain sensor only has 4 wires...i wired an electrochromatic mirror a while back and that only had 2 wires (power,ground)

so what are all these other wires for?

Green with white stripe: Fuse 24
Red with black stripe: Fuse 67
2x Brown with black stripe: Ground
Grey with black strip & yellow marks: X254(26 pin, black connector on GM)#23
Blue yellow black: X428


Ive learned these are for the rain sensor (plus a ground)

red/white stripe with yellow marks: K-BUS
brown/green: X253(50 pin connecto on GM)#45
violet/white stipe: Fuse 15

theinfamousdrew 12-22-2010 08:39 AM

another question.....

for pin 3 on the rain sensor i see it goes to the k-bus....

do i tap ANY of the rd/wt/yl wires here on the kbus?

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...2&d=1245859548

iansanderson 02-01-2011 06:37 PM

doing this retrofit soon. any chance the broken picture links could be fixed?

theinfamousdrew 02-02-2011 07:44 AM

Ian....what did you need help with?


If its just the wiring....thats pretty easy...4 wires: brown=ground, purple=power, white/red=kbus(tap into any of them), green/brown=Pin #45 in the GM5 54 pin plug



here are some helpful links:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=493341

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/474842

kbus info
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ght=bus&page=2

gm5 info
http://www.bmwgm5.com/GM5_Removal.htm


I just wired mine in over the weekend....if you need any help just ask

99 black gt 02-02-2011 03:42 PM

i never understand why people spend all their time doing writeups and then delete pictures or move the file location a few months later... such a waste

mikeson 02-04-2011 04:27 PM

Wow, that is a few year ago my DIY. Ha

Yes, you can retrofit auto light and rain sensor without temper dot light.
I guess mine is only 323 has auto light and rain sensor car. :)

And from my experience, auto light sensor is so sensitive, so what I did is made a little hole on purple color sensor attach plate(right above light sensor). And it just turned on light automatically when I want it on.


Quote:

Originally Posted by theinfamousdrew (Post 12761714)


iansanderson 02-10-2011 01:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theinfamousdrew (Post 12761714)
Ian....what did you need help with?


If its just the wiring....thats pretty easy...4 wires: brown=ground, purple=power, white/red=kbus(tap into any of them), green/brown=Pin #45 in the GM5 54 pin plug



here are some helpful links:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=493341

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/474842

kbus info
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ght=bus&page=2

gm5 info
http://www.bmwgm5.com/GM5_Removal.htm


I just wired mine in over the weekend....if you need any help just ask

Thanks for the links.

Couple questions:

Was there an opening in the GM plug for the rain sensor terminal or was something already connected to Pin# 45 and you tapped into the wire?

Also, did you have a terminal or slot available in the K-bus distribution block above the fusebox or did you just tap into one?

theinfamousdrew 02-10-2011 01:33 PM

for all the wires i just tapped into them

for the gm5 there is something going to pin 45 so i tapped it.

kbus...same thing...just tapped one

iansanderson 02-10-2011 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theinfamousdrew (Post 12794239)
for all the wires i just tapped into them

for the gm5 there is something going to pin 45 so i tapped it.

kbus...same thing...just tapped one

Got it. Checked the WDS and found that is a wire that goes to the wiper motor and the rain sensor taps into it from the factory as well. I ordered these "Posi-taps".. heard they worked really well:

http://www.posi-lock.com/

http://www.posi-lock.com/NewFiles/posi-tap_n2_a2.jpg

anyways, I will tap into the K bus too if I don't have a port available. Only thing left is to grab some 18 gauge wire, fabric tape and the fuse terminal to use the Rain Sensor spot on the fuseblock... then, of course tear the pillar covers off, wire it, tuck it away then code it. blah! thanks for the help. I'll report back with the results!

jaymemaurice 03-20-2011 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 99 black gt (Post 12763416)
i never understand why people spend all their time doing writeups and then delete pictures or move the file location a few months later... such a waste

Yeah pain in the ass eh.

I switched companies and lost my hosting - now on the other side of the world. I guess I learned my lesson to use a free imagehost.

When I get back, I will re-upload them. I thought it would be better to do a write-up then leave all of this undocumented.

jaymemaurice 08-17-2011 03:39 PM

Here are the images!

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaymemaurice (Post 11661942)
(Still writing, come back tommorow)

I couldn't find a good E46 specific DIY for the rain light sensor and auto-dim mirror... so after doing this I figured I could document as best I can and start a thread to describe how mine worked out.

Here I will manage and put all the info I can find and try answer all your questions I can...

All the information here is provided AS IS with no guarentee of any validity.
DISCLAIMER (as said by mvrk10256): you fvck up its not on me.
DISCLAIMER #2 (as ammended by me): I fvck up, still not on me.

About me:
I am just a young kid who likes to tinker with stuff... I have no fear of breaking this car because in the back of my mind, I think that one day the bank will repo it. Families cost more then I thought lol. I come to these forums to help me maintain my care and I give back by contributing. If you like the information you see here and have some extra cash, feel free to donate some to me and I'll do more of this kind of thing.

Materials required:
1 1xRLS (the little black box under the mirror)
2 1xRLS wiring harness taken from donor car with electrochromatic mirror/RLS... see below
3 1xElectrochromatic (auto-dim) rear view mirror or compass mirror
4 1xClear sealant silicon
5 Acetone and Rubbing alcohol
6 Tape
7 Original connectors for fuse and junction boxes or Wire tap splicers and Ghettoness
8 LCM with RLS function

Obtaining parts/Why:
1: I obtained my RLS from a wrecked donor car. The windshield was already smashed, so I had my friend heat the windshield with a blow torch while I twisted it back and forth (still completely assembled as a complete box). I got it off, but he got a little too carried away with the heat and made a pretty dramtic mess of the windshield. Don't try this on a good windshield. I removed the sticky pad that held it on and cleaned with acetone/rubbing alcohol.

2: I obtained my RLS harness from the wrecked donor car above. I removed the headliner and dash of the donor car (my headliner replacement DIY here) and took as much of the wiring for the RLS and Mirror and air-bag as I could. I got about 1.5m of it, about a foot and 1/2 after it joins into the main harness. I simply removed the air bag wires from the harness.

3: I found my compass mirror on kijiji for $80CAD, but I have seen them on ebay too. Seems they are samilar between the Landrover and the BMW X3 X5 5 and 7... but I dont know for sure where mine was from.

4: To glue my RLS on I used clear silicon sealant. Applied librally and carefully stuck it on to avoid bubbles.

5: Acetone and rubbing alcohol to clean RLS and glass surface before applying silicon.

6: I used painters tape to hold the RLS on while the silicon dried.

7: Wire taps

Installation:
1 Prep RLS harness
2 Remove parts
3 Fish RLS harness
4 Splice harness into respective places

1 Prep RLS Harness
Before I started the installation, I removed the extra wires for the air-bag. To do this I simply pulled the connector and wires out of the harness. I didn't want to accidentally splice into the air bags.

Then: I went through the schematics and pre-labled each wire on the harness.

Here is what I labled my wires:
Green with white stripe: Fuse 24
Red with black stripe: Fuse 67
2x Brown with black stripe: Ground
Grey with black strip & yellow marks: X254(26 pin, black connector on GM)#23
Blue yellow black: X428
red/white stripe with yellow marks: K-BUS
brown/green: X253(50 pin connecto on GM)#45
violet/white stipe: Fuse 15

Finally I removed any anchoring connectors used to secure the harness in its origional position down the drivers side of the donor car:

When everything was done I was left with this prepped harness:
http://images.jayme.ca/e46ret1.jpg

2 Remove parts
Passenger A piller trim, passenger visor and center mirror, and drop head-liner(both mirror clips, center lights/sunroof switch panel) as well as passenger dash trim, vent and glove box.

Basically the goal here is to drop the headliner side enough to tuck the extra wire in, then run it down the passenger side A piller and make it clear to fish into the GM area.
Remove the screws marked in red (you probably don't need to do the driver's mirror, but its shown anyway):
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC1.jpg
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC2.jpg

Carefully pull up the trim covering the screws that hold the A piller. Drivers side shown, but you should be doing the passengers!
Gently pull up and roll from the back to front
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC3.jpg

Remove the screws marked in red. Drivers side shown, but you should be doing the passengers!
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC4.jpg

Pull the a-pillar from the top
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC5.jpg

Remove the screw marked in red.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC6.jpg

Pry gently under the trim with a wide screw driver covered in tape. Careful not to mark anything
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC7.jpg

Remove the vent with by removing the two marked philips screws
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC8.jpg

Dislocate the glovebox by removing the six screws shown and guntly lifting and pulling. Set it on the floor directly below
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC9.jpg

Once the glove box is dropped as like noted by the yellow arrows you should be seeing basically what is in the photo below.
Note the location of the General Module (green) this is what has X253 and x254. Expose the fuse panel by turning the white tabs marked by the red in my photos.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC10.jpg


3. Fishing the RLS harness
To make this retrofit easy, I wanted to come down the passenger side... it is important when fishing the harness to make sure it runs behind the air bag, or if the air bag deployed it may take the RLS with it or turn the harness into a whip.

In the pictures below I have hi-lighted my fishing job in green.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC11.jpg
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC12.jpg
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC13.jpg


4. Splicing harness
I started by splicing the connections in the junction box above the fuses. Push it away from you to remove it.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC14.jpg

Here you can find 4 or the 9 wire locations to splice into.
2x Brown with black stripe: Ground
Blue yellow black: X428
red/white stripe with yellow marks: K-BUS
Simply match the colors.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC15.jpg

Next, I did the fuses... because I do not have the actual fuse contacts, for now I have just run the wire in throgh the back. I actually ran the fuse 67 through 68 which is empty. You can see in the picture I am using the grey wire as a pull string to fish in F68. I will re-visit this later when I have the parts.
So this is:
Green with white stripe: Fuse 24
Red with black stripe: Fuse 67
violet/white stipe: Fuse 15
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC16.jpg


Currently everything is running off fuse 24 which I have added in and pinched the wires against. This means everything is now switched on the ignition. The important part is that everything is fused, and everything is switched.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC18.jpg

Before splicing the remaining wires, I wanted to test my ground and power splices, so I put the key in to check the compass mirror
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC19.jpg

BEFORE DOING THIS NEXT PART, I RECOMMEND DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY!!!

Disconnect the GM and splice in the last two wires!
Grey with black strip & yellow marks: X254(26 pin, black connector on GM)#23
brown/green: X253(50 pin connecto on GM)#45
X253 is the connector in the middle. I matched pin 45's wire up by colour
X254, the connector on the right of the photo was less dense and I matched pin 23 by colour and on the connector.
http://images.jayme.ca/BMWAIC/BMWAIC20.jpg



Programming:
Not done yet... will update this when complete



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